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Behind closet doors: Nishka Lulla

The fashion designer’s style is feminine, but she also likes all things vintage. She also admits to being a hoarder of crop tops and pink lipsticks

HT48HRS_Special Updated: Apr 28, 2016 19:35 IST
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Nishka Lulla is influenced by yesteryear style icons (Photo: Aalok Soni/HT)

The fashion designer’s style is feminine, but she also likes all things vintage. She also admits to being a hoarder of crop tops and pink lipsticks.

Designer Nishka Lulla is in the process of finishing her make-up when we enter her apartment in a Tardeo high-rise. Dressed in a head-to-toe ASOS look — a black crop top paired with a grey tutu maxi skirt — she lets us in on her feminine yet eclectic personal style.

Easy-going does it: “I dress according to my mood. But my style sensibility is largely laid-back and chic. Comfort is a big priority for me. I prefer relaxed and casual looks rather than formal ones. I also like a touch of vintage.”

A Topshop clutch from Lulla’s wardrobe (Photo: Aalok Soni/HT)

Closet staples: “I invest in separates so that I can mix and match easily. Crop tops, tutu skirts, boyfriend or stretch skinny jeans, flared and A-line dresses, and pyjama pants are my most favoured picks.”

Ace accessories: “I follow the ‘less is more’ mantra when it comes to jewellery. Cat-eyed sunglasses and spectacles are my favourites. I’m also drawn to bags and shoes that are conversational and quirky.”

Quirky shoes from Lulla’s closet (Photo: Aalok Soni/HT)

Shopping haunts: “I love Portobello and Camden markets in London and the boutiques at Lan Kwai Fong in Hong Kong. New York is a favourite for shopping too. I look for creations by local designers when I travel, because they make for eye-catching buys.”

Style icons: “Yesteryear style icons influence me — women with individualistic style without a stylist curating their looks. I like Jane Birkin for her bohemian, casual looks and Audrey Hepburn for her feminine and classic style.”

Lulla admires Audrey Hepburn’s classic style

SOS outfit: “If it’s an evening affair, a classic black dress is my ‘when in doubt’ go-to. It may sound boring but I think it’s a fail-safe pick. It’s practical and you can accessorise it in multiple ways.”

Lulla owns about 80 or more crop tops (Photo: Aalok Soni/HT)

Lust list: “There are a lot of things I have my eyes on — the Chloé Goldie satchel bag, Sophia Webster’s Barbie and ‘Wifey for lifey’ shoes and a Powerpuff Girls sweater from Moschino are some of them!”

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Style obsessions: “I am not a beauty junkie but I am obsessed with pink lipsticks. I own every shade of pink by M.A.C. Cosmetics and it’s the first thing I seek out when I enter a beauty store. I own an immense number of crop tops too — I have about 80 or more.”

Another crop top from her collection (Photo: Aalok Soni/HT)

Brand value: “I’m not a very brand-conscious person. I like Zara for everyday wear, American Eagle and Hollister for denims, and AQ/AQ for formal wear. I wear clothing by young Indian design labels like Quirk Box, Shift by Nimish Shah and designer Nikhil Thampi too. My Indian wear is by my mother, Neeta Lulla. I turn to Kate Spade and Marc Jacobs for bags.”

First Published: Apr 27, 2016 00:00 IST